Startup Ecosystem in CT
Our goal is to make starting a startup one of the standard alternatives that ambitious people consider - Paul Graham
Ecosystem development is a monumental undertaking. The state has an Innovation Ecosystem initiative with both state-wide and local "hub" endeavors, i.e. where Stamford Innovation Center represents one of the 4 identified "hubs". Our goal is to complement what they are already organizing, but without a year of bureaucratic red tape.
I think you only need two kinds of people to create a technology hub: rich people and nerds. They're the limiting reagents in the reaction that produces startups - Paul Graham
There are dozens of players in an ecosystem, but they can be grouped into 3 general functions: money, talent and environment. Any one is looking for the presence of the other 2. Investors want awesome startups and some promise of their success (talent + environment). Entrepreneurs want capital and a support system (money + environment). etc. If we're to succeed, we need to make progress on all 3 fronts.
Move to create elements of an environment that:
1. nutures, supports and celebrates talent
2. persuades money to be less risk averse and more tech savvy
3. puts both in the same room.
Or in other words, make Connecticut a place I actually want to be.
There's a laundry list of things in the pipeline, but these are 4 projects currently in development:
A. CT "Silicon Alley Insider"-type publication
B. Entrepreneur Success Stories event
C. Developer User Groups
D. CT Open Government Data Hackathon
Who wants in?